The Friends of The Bridegroom
Sermon Text: Mark 2:18-22
It often seems we try to push our convictions upon others. Whether it is the amount of time we spend in prayer, or the number of chapters of the Bible we read a day, we have a tendency to think others should do at least what we do ourselves.
Our life as a Christian is to be joyous. This will not come out of legalistic practices. We should be doing good works, but they should flow from a desire to please God in response to His salvation. This is the Fruit of the Spirit flowing out in our lives.
When challenged on the fasting of His disciples, Jesus’ response was to point out that what He was teaching was incompatible with what the Pharisees were teaching. The Pharisees had distorted and reshaped the original teaching of the Torah and had introduced doctrines of man above those of God. Conversely, in the church today, we are not to try and make the church look like Israel.